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Bill Peters has officially been hired by the Calgary Flames as the team's 19th head coach.

Peters resigned from coaching the Carolina Hurricanes this past Friday. He served as head coach of the Hurricanes for the last four seasons, but failed to make the playoffs each time.
Apr 23 - 1:13 PM

Bill Peters could be named the new coach of the Calgary Flames Monday.

This may be one of the worst kept secrets in the NHL as Peters had been linked to the Calgary job before Glen Gulutzan was even fired. Peters resigned from coaching the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday and the Alberta native seems to be a sure bet to be behind the bench with the Flames. "I’d like to work — I’d like to coach," Peters told the Raleigh News & Observer after exercising his opt-out with the Hurricanes. "I hope something is in place soon." Peters is slated to leave on Wednesday to coach Team Canada at the World Championships in Denmark which starts May 4.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 23 - 7:15 AM

Bill Peters has decided to resign from his position as the Carolina Hurricanes' head coach.

Peters had one season remaining in his contract with Carolina, but he had an opt-out clause and this was the final day that he could exercise it. There has been reports that Peters is the leading candidate to become the Calgary Flames' new head coach, so perhaps that will come to pass in the days to come. "I want to thank Tom Dundon, Peter Karmanos and Ron Francis for the trust they put in me to lead the team," said Peters. "I feel the incoming general manager should have the ability to hire his own head coach. I also want to thank Don Waddell and the entire front office and PNC Arena staff. This business requires hard work and long hours, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of the many people I have worked alongside during the past four years. We enjoyed our time in Raleigh, and my family will always feel a connection to North Carolina. I feel like this is a good time to move on, and I am looking forward to my next challenge."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 12:54 PM

Paul Krepelka has been named as the Hurricanes' vice president of hockey operations.

Krepelka previously served as the director of player development for the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals, but he's also a former player and agent. He'll help with player contract negotiations among other duties. "Paul has been involved in professional hockey for nearly 30 years, developing experience and relationships that will be of great value to the Hurricanes," Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said.
Apr 20 - 4:29 AM

Coach Glen Gulutzan, who was fired by the Flames on Tuesday, still thinks very highly of the team he's leaving behind.

"The only real regret for me is that I think it’s a great group, there’s great people here, it’s a great city and now I’m not going to be a part of a team moving forward that I think is going to be a real strong team in the years to come," Gulutzan said. "Their best players are their young players, and I think that’s a good recipe. I think Tre (general manager Brad Treliving) has done a heck of a job, to be honest with you, with managing the cap. So I think they’re going to be poised for success for a long time here. And that’s something you want to be a part of, but now you’re not going to …" The Flames certainly have a lot of potential, which is part of what made their inability to make the playoffs this season so disappointing. Still, with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, Matthew Tkachuk, and Dougie Hamilton, all still in their early-to-mid 20s, there is plenty of reason for optimism going forward.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 20 - 4:24 AM

Matthew Phillips had a strong campaign with WHL Victoria.

Phillips had 48 goals and 112 points in 71 WHL games. Although he wasn't taken until the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, he might end up having a shot to make the Flames' roster out of training camp next season. It's definitely far from a certainty and it will depend in large part on what Calgary does this offseason, but tentatively, he will be someone to keep an eye on during the preseason. It will also be interesting to see how much he can bulk up this summer because his size at 5-foot-7, 155-pounds is an area of concern. "(Pro hockey) going to be a lot more difficult than junior and I need to have a really good summer in the gym," Phillips acknowledged. "I battle gaining weight — it just doesn’t come easy for me to gain weight. But I think if I can keep getting stronger and work on my skills a lot more in the summer, I’ll hopefully be rolling when camp comes along."
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 19 - 4:30 AM

Mark Giordano feels like he let down head coach Glen Gulutzan, who was fired after the Flames' missed the playoffs.

"Obviously, the season didn’t go the way we wanted, obviously the expectation was to get in the playoffs and go on a run and we didn’t get there," said Flames captain Mark Giordano. "As a player, you just feel terrible. You feel a lot of responsibility for those guys losing their jobs. We, ultimately, were the guys on the ice and we didn’t get it done." Giordano noted that as the team's captain, he had a great relationship with the coaching staff. Calgary had a disappointing season, but Giordano more-or-less lived up to expectations. He had 13 goals and 38 points in 82 contests in 2017-18 while averaging 24:47 minutes.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 18 - 4:47 AM

Calgary has fired head coach Glen Gulutzan.

The Flames also announced that assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard have been relieved of their coaching duties. Calgary finished outside of the playoff picture in 2017-18 with a 37-35-10 record.
Apr 17 - 4:25 PM

It seems the next move for the Carolina Hurricanes' coaching situation is in Bill Peters' hands.

Peters has one season remaining on his contract, but he has an exit clause that he has the ability to exercise until Friday. If Peters opts to use the clause, then he'll be free to seek employment elsewhere. The Hurricanes of course would also have the option of firing him if he decides that he wants to stick around, though it's not clear if that's an option they'd entertain. Peters hasn't been able to lead the Hurricanes to the playoffs in his four seasons as their bench boss, but whether or not he's had the tools to make that happen is debatable.
Apr 17 - 4:50 AM

Matthew Tkachuk wants to be one of the leaders for the Calgary Flames.

Tkachuk is only 20 but is already emerging as one of the leaders of the Flames. "You want to be that difference-maker," Tkachuk declared. "You want to be taking on more of a role, where you’re producing more and you’re taking charge that way, but you also want to be a guy in the locker-room who people start to look up to. The way I play, I want that to kind of be a staple of the way I want our team to play. I think the way we’re going to be successful, the way playoff hockey needs to be played, it’s played hard. I want to try to show that by how I play out there." Tkachuk had 24 goals and 49 points in 68 games this season and you should look for a lot more next season from the winger.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 16 - 6:47 AM

Mike Smith was a big aid in the emergence of David Rittich this season.

Rittich was quite upset at being sent to the minors at the start of the 2017-18 season and even thought about returning home to the Czech Republic but all is well now as he saw plenty of NHL action. Smith really helped Rittich adjust to the NHL as a rookie and he was grateful. "Smitty — he was huge for me," said Rittich. "Mentally, my game, I learned so much from him. I learned a lot of drills from RVA (Ryan van Asten) that I can do in the summer, too, so it’ll be a good summer for me. I want to be prepared for next year and we’ll see. (Smith) told me all of the time about my game and what I’m supposed to do and how I can do that. It was a really big part of my year. He’s a pretty good guy and a really good goalie. If I had a problem, I could go to him and ask him about it. He helped me with everything." Look for Rittich to back up Smith next season with the Flames.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 15 - 7:30 AM

While Micheal Ferland set new career-highs in 2017-18, the expectation is that he can do better next season.

Ferland took a big step forward this season with 21 goals and 41 points in 77 games. Going into the campaign, he had a career-high of 25 points. "A year ago, I told him I thought he could score 20-some goals. I think he can score 30 now," said Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He has to find that level of consistency within himself too, to be more consistent and recognize he’s a pretty good player in this league. I think we got 50 really good games out of Ferly. I still think there’s room for him to play more." The belief that Ferland can do better if he was consistent isn't hard to understand. Ferland had 20 goals in his first 50 games this season and just one in his final 27 contests. So had he not gone through a drought in the final stretch of the season, a 30-goal showing in 2017-18 wouldn't have been out of the range of possibilities.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 12 - 8:21 AM

Head coach Glen Gulutzan isn't spending too much time worrying about his future with the Calgary Flames.

Flames GM Brad Treliving is in the process of evaluating the Flames' failed campaign and doesn't plan to rush to any decisions, so Gulutzan's status as the bench boss is still uncertain going forward. Gulutzan doesn't want to think about that too much though. "That distracts from the process," Gulutzan said. "I came in here this morning, getting prepared for each of the meetings I have. You owe that to your players before they leave, because you’re sending them home with a game-plan. Then tomorrow, I’ll sit down with Tre (general manager Brad Treliving) and go through the differences in the year. Those are the things that I’m focused on. I’m not too worried about where I stand. I’ve never been too worried about where I stand." Gulutzan completed his second campaign with Calgary. The Flames made the playoffs last year, but fell short in 2018.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 10 - 8:40 AM

Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters has been named the head coach of Team Canada's squad at the upcoming World Hockey Championship.

Peters served as an assistant coach on Canada's championship team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Blues bench boss Mike Yeo will serve as an associate coach on the staff, while Panthers head coach Bob Boughner will be an assistant. The tournament kicks off in Denmark next month.
Apr 9 - 8:15 PM

T.J. Brodie suffered a concussion and a neck injury back on Mar. 18 against Vegas.

Brodie missed the last nine games of the season due to the injuries. He hasn't been medically cleared yet.
Apr 9 - 3:52 PM


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